Questions tagged [internal-storage]

Use this tag for questions concerning the internal storage space on your device that can be used for installing applications and their associated data.

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How to increase internal memory of the HTC Wildfire S finally?

I've been spending a lot of sleepless nights trying to fix this. I know there are a lot of threads like this on the internet, but I want to go a bit deeper. I have an HTC Wildfire S with only 512 MB ...
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All apps seem to be gone

I was using my Chrome on Android 4.1.2 on Samsung Galaxy S II and phone suddenly crashed. When phone restarted it looked like all apps are gone, even Google Play. App Drawer shows only standard apps ...
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Where does the code pertaing to fastboot mode reside?

Is it in the primary-bootloader (on the mb), or the secondary-bootloader(on the emmc)? My motive behid the question is to understand what other codes are executed before system can get into fastboot ...
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Android Phone taking up more space than it should

I have a relatively new HTC ONE M8 running Android 5.0.1 (according to the settings page). The phone is supposed to have 10.5 GB space according to Windows, but at the moment only 945 MB is free (...
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Create sdcard0 symlink on 6.0.1 for WhatsApp compatibility

I recently switched from a Galaxy S2 running CM 10.2 (Android 4.3.1) to a Nexus 5 running 6.0.1 (stock rooted). My goal was to migrate all my WhatsApp data (history, media, etc.) over to the new ...
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Huge system data on my Blu quattro phone, #9009# does not work

Most of my Blu quattro (not rooted) phone's storage is taken by system data. I checked it with the DiskUsage application (system data takes about 800 MB of my 1 GB of phone memory). I saw this to be a ...
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Disable the sd card emulation and use only the external sd card?

My Mother has a Samsung tablet, which is not rooted. She always gets confused with the different sdcard locations, as some apps store their data on the physical sdcard and others drop data to the ...
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Internal storage data disappeared, trying to dump

When I tried to use my SGS, it was unresponsive and didn't wake from sleep, then I rebooted it. After the boot, the desktop was like stock. I started checking my apps, some had its data intact and ...
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Convert Internal Storage to Phone Storage

I have a Wiko Darkmoon running 4.2.2 (Wiko hasn't upgraded to 4.4 yet). The phone is advertised as having 4gb storage, which breaks down as Cache: ~123MB, /cache Internal: ~1008MB, /data Protect:~9MB,...
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Are these files safe to delete on android?

Whilst I was deleting files on my android to clear up some space; I came across two strange files. One was PubmetricinstalledList and the other was PubmetricmoreApps. The first file contained two ...
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How to find out which apps are creating *.space files in Internal Storage?

There is a folder at internal memory: .space/ Inside it has one folder that is a big hash name (probably sha1sum), and inside that folder there are lots of files (also named as a hash something like ...
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GMail "couldn't sync", though I can watch long videos in YouTube

I have run out of space in my smartphone (got the message Storage space running out: Some system functions may not work). I know this is defined as a threshold of 10% of internal disk space (8 GB). So,...
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Mount sdcard partition as /data

I originally wanted to comment here to ask a clarification question. But as I haven't enough reputation and it seems there isn't any private messaging possible, I opened this new question. The device ...
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Android 7.1.1 takes 4gb of space on Nexus 5x

I have recently updated my Nexus 5x to Android 7.1.1 and noticed that now operating system takes 4gb of my internal storage. These 4gb are a bit critical to me as I have 16gb model. I have found one ...
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Adoptable Storage Problematic

Hi I have and LG G4 Beat with 8 GB storage . After factory reset that device only have 2.5 GB free space . So I don't have free space for applications . I am using adoptable storage function . But ...
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Effective storage ridiculously small since Marshmallow update

I have been using a 16GB HTC One M8 for the last two years with no major hiccup (although I met the infamous infinitely growing .thumbdata file taking 8GB from my storage just because, fixed with a ...
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Why is my internal memory almost full while the files add up to only a few gigabytes?

My HTC One M8 internal memory is almost full (15.40 out of 16). The phone says it's mostly applications. But when I connect it to my computer, go to Internal Storage and add the sizes of all ...
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Cannot access /sdcard/ (internal storage)

After I got my phone restored from an nandroid backup, I found almost all apps cannot gain access to /sdcard/ (internal storage), including ES file manager, Z archiver and so on. When any of these ...
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Error - Insufficient storage - Nexus 7

Device: Nexus 7 (2013 WIFI) ROM: AOKP_FLO_KITKAT_NIGHTLY_2014-07-31 Rooted: Yes Recovery: TWRP (Not sure if this is needed) I am posting this because I recently started getting "insufficient storage" ...
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Removed storage/emulated/0 file and lost access to all files

I was cleaning up my files using the PC and I accidentally removed storage/emulated/0 file completely. I can no longer access images, music or files in general. Is there anything I can do at this ...
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How to mount my Galaxy Nexus storage under Debian?

I can't copy anything to my Galaxy Nexus right now. I've installed mtpfs 0.9-3 and tried to mount the storage of my Galaxy Nexus with mtpfs -o allow_other /media/phone. When I try to change to the ...
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Can't move certain apps to my SD card

I recently reset my phone to factory settings, because I didn't have enough space on my internal memory, and I wanted to start off anew. When I started downloading apps onto my phone that I had ...
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Android tablet very laggy and freezing for 3 minutes (slow internal storage?)

I have Pipo M9 Pro with Android 4.2.2 OS is quite laggy and to use Chrome is almost impossible... it is so very slow and sometimes I cannot do anything for 3-5 min because of freezing. I made some ...
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How to access Samsung Galaxy S2 storage while phone is off

My Galaxy S2 recently froze while browsing facebook using Firefox (the loading animation kept playing though), then shut down after a minute. I haven't been able to turn it back on since then. I tried ...
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Android Phone Storage Full due to APKs

My OnePlus Two has 64GB Internal Storage and no SD card. It shows Phone Storage Full warning. When I investigated, I saw below stats and am unable to free space. Settings > Storage & Memory > ...
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Can apps read all files in sd card (external removeable micro sd card) without the storage permission?

As far as i know. The way Android storage works is as follows. There is internal storage and external storage. Internal storage is for the apps data only and apps can only access their particular data....
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Exclude folder from storage booster deletion?

My samsung phone has this storage booster feature which deletes cache and unnecessary files daily but it has some caveats. There is a game that can't function without data files which are being ...
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How can I find out where all my storage space is gone?

I've seen lots of posts here and elsewhere, including YouTube videos, about how to free up space on your android device or find out where it's all gone, including multiple redmi-specific ones, but ...
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Downloaded files consistently disappearing from Internal Storage

I have a Moto G Power running Android 11. I like to listen to audiobooks, so I routinely download files from OneDrive, using the OneDrive app, to folders in my internal storage. When I open the "...
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My phone is not saving things (screenshots, download from browser, etc)

So one day my phone shutdown and when restarted I started to get some issues. Screenshot was not working saying that there was no space left. Gallery had no images/videos at all. File manager was not ...
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Photos made this afternoon disappeared after I rebooted phone - how to recover them?

This morning, since the memory of the internal storage reached its limit, I moved all the pics in the Camera album to the SD card. In the afternoon, I took a couple of pics which if I remember ...
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Samsung Phone write protection

I just bought a new Samsung Galaxy M11. I'm trying to transfer my files from my old phone to the new phone connected to a PC but it won't copy. I get the pop-up that says the internal storage is write ...
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How to increase the size of the system partition?

I have an old Google pixel 1 and I was trying to install a GSI but I get this a message on TWRP saying Size of image is larger than target device, so I went to wipe > advanced wipe > selected ...
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Reduce space taken by Outlook

Outlook is eating up space in my Samsung J7 prime. I am currently working with something between 100Mb and zero free space. If I free up some space, it seems Outlook increases its occupied space. Is ...
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Where do Android apps save their working state?

Where do apps store their working state? Occasionally an app will crash, or I'll get the Android message that X app has stopped responding ("Do you wish to close?"). In either of those cases, after ...
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Does encrypting an Android phone also encrypt old, deleted files?

I'm going to be selling my phone soon. The advice seems to be to encrypt it then performs a Factory Reset. But does the ​​whole ​​internal memory get encrypted, or just the current, visible files? If ...
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Cannot install any APK file due to "Out of Space" misleading error (plenty of space)

I know there are tons of questions about this, but I have tried many possible solutions to no avail. I believe the "Out of space" error is misleading... I have a problem: I cannot install any .apk ...
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Android tablet has 45 GB free but shows low space warning

So this tablet is pretty new. Hardly even used it. But when I tried to put videos and large apps onto it, it constantly gives me a "insufficient space" warning. it comes with 57.61GB of storage ( no ...
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Clear all apps user data with ADB without factory reset

I'm trying to achieve the goal of clearing all app data using Git Bash on Windows, but I don't know exactly if this approach is wrong, because it shows FAILED on every line. adb shell 'pm list ...
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spy / invisible file occupying 4gb+ space in internal storage

I am running Android 6 Marshmallow on Sony Xperia z3. I use my memory card second partition to link most of my apps and increase my space. (app2 SD / link2sd app) some of my folders I link manually ...
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Unable to free up space on internal storage, removing cache & apps has no effect

new to Android Stack Exchange. - Average Android user. I have a storage problem on my phone. When I try to install an app via Play Store it says there isn't enough free space available, e.g. it is ...
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How Device memory allocation happens

Under the Memory settings entry, there are several categories such as Apps and Documents. What is considered as part of the Misc category? It's taking up a huge amount of my device's memory.
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Space used in internal memory but nowhere to be found

I own a Samsung Galaxy S5. I noticed that there is not much internal memory left (ES File Explorer reports 8.54 GB used out of 11.56 GB so about 3 GB left). Also, connecting my phone to my Windows 10 ...
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Why I can't install apps in my phone even sufficient space is available?

So I own Moto E 1 gen, running now Android 4.4 stock I tried to install Adobe reader,Jiotv I end up with a message "Out of space" I used both ways,APK and Playstore both ways don't work. Although ...
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Android suddenly freed up several GB of space itself? (Note 3)

My Note3 has been nearly full (~500MB or so left) for a month or so. Tonight I was web-browsing in Chrome, and accidentally hit "download" on a gigantic multi-GB file on archive.org. Chrome froze up ...
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Android can´t see the Internal Storage

My Android tells me I don´t have anything on my Internal Storage, but adb shell says I have a file on my Internal Storage (/storage/emulated/0) for example an apk file. Furthermore I haven´t any ...
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S3 On CM 14.1: Made SD Internal Storage, Reversed, Now "Empty" Internal Shared Storage On PC

I have a Galaxy S3 on CM 14.1 (Android 7.1.1). I formatted the SD Card as internal storage. Then I couldn't access my internal storage from my PC, so I switched back. I formatted the SD Card to ...
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having internal storage problem

After rooting my lollipop5.0 with kingroot then after some time my internal storage became zero, I cannot install any app,please if anyone has a solution please help me out: User apps / system apps ...
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Recover Internal Memory Data + Moto G

Sad day for me, I copied some images to my phone from PC. When opened my gallery, not a single image could be seen. Everything wiped out suddenly. There were tons of photos (No backup). My Moto G (...
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The amazing expanding "android files"

Guys, I've got a Galaxy S7 Edge (Exynos version) which just received an update over the weekend from Samsung. Since then, I've had a really weird issue with the phone suddenly telling me that all the ...
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